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What is causing dry lips, burning sensation in me and my partner? We live on high rise building. - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 19-Mar-2013
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Doctor:How can I help you?
User:Since yesterday I am having dryness on my lips
User:It has got a little worse in the morning today.
User:There was slight burning sensation in the morning
User:My wife is having similar symptoms
User:since last couple of days
User:her state is worse... as she was not able to eat any food with basic spices
User:there was irritation or burning sensation on her lips as well
User:I think in her case she is having a bit of redness as well
User:not sure if anything to do with climate
User:we live in a high rise on the 14th floor
Doctor:The lips become dry and scaly when the moisture content reduces.
User:it is mostly on the edges of her lips
Doctor:Such conditions are associated with exposure to cold and dry weather, reduce water intake.
Doctor:It can also occur due to lack of essential vitamins and minerals.
Doctor:Occasionally it can be a symptoms of infection.
User:how do we find out in this case?
User:what might be the reason
Doctor:At this point, I would suggest you and your wife to take plenty of water, vitamin supplements like tablet zincovit and apply vaseline or some lip balms.
Doctor:Avoid exposure to Air conditioner or any other cold weather.
Doctor:Avoid peeling the scales and taking bath in very hot water.
Doctor:Watch if the symptoms improve in a few days, if the symptoms do not improve,
User:how much of the tablets in a day and for how many days?
Doctor:then you will need to see a doctor to rule out infection.
Doctor:Vitamin supplements can be used as one pill a day for 2-3 weeks.
User:ok doctor thank you. we will follow that and onserve the changes
Doctor:Specific steroid/antibiotic and antifungal medicated creams may be needed to treat infective causes.
Doctor:So if the symptoms do not improve consult a doctor.
User:my wife is having this since Friday
Doctor:Have you followed what I have suggested
User:yes I did.
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:I will follow your course for next couple of days.
User:and then pursue a doctor if things do not get better.
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:just that my wife is having these symptoms since Friday
User:so how long do I wait to see a doctor
Doctor:If she doesn't have relief in a day or two with vitamin supplements and lip gels, you can go ahead to consult a doctor.
User:ok thanks. I do not have any other query
User:thank you for your time
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
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